Sunshine Sam, New Jersey’s Battery-Free Toy Store, Starts Crayon Recycling Program

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sunshine SamSunshine Sam, New Jersey’s completely battery-free toy store located on-line and in Bloomfield (40 West Passaic Avenue), wants to make Earth Day every day! The whimsical store continues its focus on sustainably made products and reducing waste with a new interactive activity that’s both fun and educational! Sunshine Sam is now hosting CRAZY CRAYONS at its store!

Families, schools, neighborhoods, and community organizations can take part in clearing out broken, almost used-up, unwanted crayons and bringing to Sunshine Sam for recycling. Each crayon depositor will receive a small gift as a Thank You, and each month Sunshine Sam will award a prize to the person or group that recycled the largest amount of crayons!

Crayons don’t need to be prepared in any particular way – leave the wrappers on! All crayons received will be shipped away to be melted down and recreated into new, recycled crayons. Then it all starts again! So spread the word: Sunshine Sam wants your crayons!

 

 

Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here and we’ve rounded up lots of fun and family friendly things to do in our area. Check ‘em out!

PetraPuppets: Wacky Friends!

Catch PetraPuppets: Wacky Friends! at Bergen Performing Arts Center (30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood), featuring Steve Petra and his cast of crazy puppet characters. There’s plenty of magic, music and audience participation in this show recommended for children ages 3-7. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased through the website. There will be two shows on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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NJ Ed Commish: State Will Take PARCC Participation Rates “Very Seriously”

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 3:39pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

NJ Ed Commish: State Will Take PARCC Participation Rates "Very Seriously"Schools with high PARCC opt out rates could have state funding withheld, according to state Education Commissioner David Hespe, the Star Ledger reports.

Hespe said in an interview after the Assembly Budget Committee hearing on education that the state is taking PARCC participation rates “very seriously,” even for schools that do not receive federal funding. Continue Reading

School of Rock Montclair Expands “Rookies” Program for Young Rockers Ages Five to Seven

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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School of Rock Montclair has expanded their “Rookies” music education program to two days each week: a Friday group meets from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and a Saturday group meets from 11 a.m.-noon. The weekly classes introduce kids who are five to seven years old to learning and playing music in a fun, structured setting. Continue Reading

“Getting Recruited” Free Seminar for High School Students

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Have a high school student interested in playing sports in college? Speaker Rob Chesney, associate athletic director at Montclair State University, MSU Hall of Fame Athlete and former head coach of soccer at MSU, will speak on “Getting Recruited” Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 at Montclair State.

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SOMA Mothers & More Diaper Drive

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

SOMA Mothers & More Diaper Drive

Imagine on top of all the stresses of motherhood, not being able to diaper your child. Imagine having to take a bus, with kids in tow, to shop for an enormous box of diapers, or only being able to buy them in an expensive, convenience store. Imagine not being able to work, because you cannot provide the childcare center with enough diapers. This is the reality for too many mothers.

To help ease this problem for low-income moms in Essex County, Mothers & More, a national membership organization providing community and programming for moms, is hosting a diaper drive, “Make a Mother’s Day” throughout April and May.

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Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel to Hold Community Meeting, May 14

BY  |  Monday, Apr 20, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair's Achievement Gap Advisory Panel: Charged With Tackling Issues of Racial InequalityMontclair’s Achievement Gap Advisory Panel (AGAP) will hold a community meeting on May 14, to formally present a series of recommendations that the Panel has developed over the past year to close the achievement gap in Montclair Public Schools. The event, which is open to the public, will serve as a culmination of months of intensive work conducted by the volunteer Panel.

In addition to advocating specific ideas and policies to address Montclair’s achievement gap, the event will showcase the overall purpose of the Panel; provide needed context to the process, methodology, and composition of those who served on the panel; highlight the scope and the scale of the disparities within the Montclair Public School District; showcase a needed context and perspective to the specific goals, strategies and priorities that will be outlined; and lastly, create a vision of how these needed outcomes will positively benefit the entire Montclair community.

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Sleepaway Camp Tips For Parents

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sleepaway Camp Tips For ParentsTracy Levine did not have the ideal overnight camp experience, which she attributes to not attending the right camp for her. That is why now – as Director at One Happy Camper NJ (OHCNJ), a program of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life – she works tirelessly to help families find the right camp fit for their children.

She first experienced the camp search process as a parent in 2009 when she searched for her daughter, Julie. After several camp visits, she knew they had found the right camp and Julie has not looked back since. Now approaching her seventh summer, Tracy says this experience has been the most significant one in her daughter’s growth and development. She has formed lifelong friendships, met incredible role models and, as a happy and independent teen, describes camp as the place she can be her “best self”. Continue Reading

Star Ledger Editorial Board Slams Anti-PARCC Activists

BY  |  Friday, Apr 17, 2015 12:56pm  |  COMMENTS (67)

Star Ledger Editorial Board Slams Anti-PARCC Activists

Slamming both teachers and parents, the Star Ledger, in an editorial, comes out strong against the anti-PARCC movement, saying New Jersey could lose big bucks because of the high rate of students opting out of the PARCC exam, and specifically cites Montclair, where 40 percent of students refused the exam. Continue Reading

Montclair Ambulance Unit’s Inaugural EMS Week Kids Poster Contest

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

EMS Week Kids Poster ContestMontclair Ambulance Unit’s (MAU) has announced its inaugural EMS Week Poster Contest. The contest in open to all Montclair students in Grades 1-8, public or private, as part of EMS Week celebration.

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” This year’s theme is “EMS STRONG.” Our goal for EMS Week is to share with Montclair the important role that EMTs play in our community.

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